With Ikea's friendly price tags, it's hard to not make the store a go-to source for all things home décor?. But, go there enough, and your home will have ubiquitous, seen-that style. With a little bit of ingenuity though, Ikea's products will feel completely custom. We've trolled the internet for the best of the best when it comes to hacking the big-box store's designs in the name of a beautiful kitchen; here are the results.
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|THE PROJECT: White-Washed Pantry Drawers THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Moppe Drawers ($25), white wash paint, drawer labels. SKILL LEVEL: Beginner THE TRICKY PART: White-washing the Ikea drawers. FURTHER READING: Design Sponge|
|THE PROJECT: Marble Kitchen Island THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Bekvam Kitchen cart ($60), gray paint, furniture wax topcoat, brass towel holders, electrical conduit bar, carrara marble top. SKILL LEVEL: Advanced THE TRICKY PART: Adding the marble top. FURTHER READING: Oliver and Rust|
|THE PROJECT: Glossy White Cabinets THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Besta ($50-$95), glass, double-sided tape, oak countertop, pendant lights. SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate THE TRICKY PART: Making the light fixtures. FURTHER READING: Ikea Hackers|
|THE PROJECT: Custom Kitchen Island THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Billy Bookcase ($60-$25), Ikea Numerar butcher block countertop ($169), beadboard, moldings, corbels. SKILL LEVEL: Advanced. THE TRICKY PART: Attaching the beadboard to the backside. FURTHER READING: Golden Boys and Me|
|THE PROJECT: Dining Room Buffet THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Tarva Chest ($150), Ikea Lansa Handles ($26), sand paper, wood filler, milk paint, satin finish top coat. SKILL LEVEL: Beginner THE TRICKY PART: Filling in the drawer knob holes. FURTHER READING: All Things G&D|
|THE PROJECT: Stainless Steel Wine Rack THE ESSENTIALS: Grundtal towel rail ($15). SKILL LEVEL: Beginner THE TRICKY PART: Attaching the rack to the wall. FURTHER READING: Ikea Hackers|
|THE PROJECT: Faux Marble Table THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Docksta table ($200), primer, black paint, white paint, colbalt paint, assorted brushes, sea sponge, latex glaze. SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate THE TRICKY PART: Painting the marble veins. FURTHER READING: Gorgeous Shiny Things|
|THE PROJECT: Floating Kitchen Shelves THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Grundtal series ($10-$27), stainless tension rod, stainless steel pipe, chrome T-pipe connector, stainless hose clamp, resin bush, stainless wire rope, stainless saddle band. SKILL LEVEL: Advanced THE TRICKY PART: Securing the T pipe connector. FURTHER READING: Life Design Edit|
|THE PROJECT: Indoor Herb Garden THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Vurm wine rack ($10), pint glasses, chalkboard paint, latex paint, rocks, plants. SKILL LEVEL: Beginner THE TRICKY PART: Painting the bottom of the pint glasses. FURTHER READING: Curbly|
|THE PROJECT: Rolling Kitchen Island THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Kallax Shelving Unit, Ikea Numerar butcher block countertop ($169), L-brackets, corner brackets, screws, castors, baskets. SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate THE TRICKY PART: Building the Expedit. FURTHER READING: Sketchy Styles|
|THE PROJECT: Hairpin Leg Table THE ESSENTIALS: Ikea Jokkmokk table ($150), sander, wood stain, hairpin legs. SKILL LEVEL: Intermediate THE TRICKY PART: Removing the table legs and trim. FURTHER READING: Acute Designs|